By Fabio Oliveira
Australian based photographer and the man behind Livefolk, Fabio Oliveria visited Wanaka during autumn. With camera in hand and an action-packed itinerary here's his story.
I've heard many times that autumn is the best season for photography, but I only truly discovered this after spending a few days exploring the Wanaka region during autumn.
Everybody knows that New Zealand is beautiful in winter, but it looks like Wanaka was made for autumn, everything looks beautiful; Cold mornings with incredible dawns - seeing the morning light reflecting on yellow leaves was amazing and the fog above the rivers around the big lake is magical.
I can remember every moment I've had in Wanaka. The large variety of trees that transforms themselves during Autumn is incredible. Yellow and brown leaves change the place completely and when I saw it for the first time it was unforgettable. At the end of the trip, I just did not want to leave.
Flying over the mountains of the Pisa Range and seeing how the snow turns into yellow vegetation is simply incredible. The best part of the trip was to be dropped off to mountain bike with the local masters down the mountain. It's like I was skiing on the hills with my bike, such incredible feelings. Even though it was my first time I did not fall. Those were unforgettable memories!
Lake Wanaka is known for its beautiful blue waters, which viewed from the top, make the landscape even more vibrant. This, was one of the best scenes from my days in this paradise of landscapes and good-humoured people. We climbed with 4X4 to an area of mountains called West Wanaka Station and from above, the contrast of the autumn yellowish colours became even more evident with the blue immensity of Lake Wanaka. Such an incredible view...
I could describe in beautiful words every picture I took during my visit, but nothing could impact you more than being there. Experiencing the local tastes, visiting the vineyards around the lake and the experience of watching the sun shine in the calm waters of Wanaka, is a worthwhile experience.